Go “walkabout”

“The path is made by walking it.”

The undiscovered country from Colchester.

The filmmaker Nicolas Philbert in the Guardian introduced me to the saying “the path is made by walking it”, a French philosophy of going into the unknown with no map or idea of a final destination.  Philbert says:

“Basically I don’t know what I’m doing. I like to think I’m in control, but I’m not. We make films from our subconscious and there’s no way of anticipating what they will provoke in the minds of others.”

The Australian Aborigines have a concept of “walkabout” where as part of the rite of passage a young aborigine heads off into the wilderness in pursuit of the “songlines” of their ancestors. Jesus did an equivalent when he went into the Wilderness for 40 days and nights.

The French like Philbert produce considerable original creative output because of their “walkabout”.  The USA and UK place value on money over meaning, so follow strict plans and targets; generally routes well walked by others, with no courage to experiment or try something new; thus the US and UK creative output often has the same unoriginal lifeless feel about it.

I like to go “walkabout” too.  Many of my recent photographic projects was a “walkabout”, I went on random walks with a camera, then clicked whatever I found interesting.  Sometimes I make the wild decision to go off for a few days to a destination with no plan on how to get there or what to do, ending in wild adventures into the unknown, the “undiscovered country” (Hamlet).

If you are looking for new ideas, a way of thinking outside of the box, a creative new approach, go “walkabout”.

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12 responses to “Go “walkabout”

  1. Agreed.Every time I have done this I have come back with a head brimming with new ideas.

  2. This is a very wonderul thought and I am more than glad that you gave ti a space on your site. A walk-about can be beneficial for numerous reasons, your creativity is a challenge when ya are out! I always love having the short walk-about, often alone and seldom with my best friend – he is a darling and we talk about everything under the sky and the best part with him is that he makes me walk without my shoes hence it is even more refreshing when my feet makes a friendly contact with grass in his garden or the wed mud on the sea shore! Thus, these walk-about are just my favorite thing to do when I am too sick of my room! LOL 😀
    Thank you for sharing Alex 🙂
    -Naima.

  3. Reblogged this on The Borscht of times, the Würste of times and commented:
    Inspiring article by Alex Jones

  4. Renard Moreau

    [ Smiles ] I agree with the “Walkabout” concept; it works for me.

    Thank you for another insightful post, Alex.

  5. I would love to do something like that. I have to content myself with afternoon rambles in the mountains by myself. It’s a good time to be at peace and think.

    • Great! Your efforts are giving you the opportunity to connect with nature and your self, which will assist you in life via health and making good decisions.

  6. “The path is made by walking it.” I like that

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